After recording one steal and nothing else, LiAngelo Ball is no longer a member of the UCLA basketball program. The incident made global news and even President Donald Trump weighed in on the matter claiming he advocated and was responsible for the release of Ball and the other two UCLA players.
After a quiet couple of weeks in Westwood, the maneuver by LaVar Ball brings the latest round of publicity and counterblast to him and his family.
While Ball's oldest son, Lonzo, is a prized rookie with the Lakers who was selected No. 2 overall in June's National Basketball Association draft, the outspoken patriarch is fine with the possibility of his two younger sons playing in lesser leagues overseas, at least until they develop NBA-caliber skills. "It was just a conversation we had, and that was it".
As a result, the elder Ball has since made a decision to pull his son out of college.
"LaVar told "Access Hollywood" he sent Trump three pair of Big Baller shoes in red, white and blue".
The Balls shocked the sports world Monday when they announced LiAngelo is leaving UCLA and will prepare for a potential National Basketball Association career on his own, instead of serving the lengthy suspension they claim school levied against him. "To ease him up a little bit".
"I don't just be saying thank you because somebody said they did something".
"We all went out one night, went to the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store and, uh, people started taking stuff, and then, you know, me just not thinking and being with them, I took something too".
"You don't seem that happy", Cuomo responded.
"I sent Trump his shoes", Ball said outside the Staples Center, where his son scored 15 points and had 10 assists in the Lakers" 127-123 overtime loss to the Warriors. "It's just you and all the officers, and they don't speak English". However, LiAngelo Ball, Riley and Hill apologized for their actions, and, most important to the president, thanked Trump for his diplomatic work.
The White House has not disclosed whether Trump received the shoes.